Today’s geopolitical landscape poses more potential challenges for defense transportation than any point in the past 25 years. The fifth annual National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) / U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Fall Meeting will address the challenges of assuring access – physical and cyber – necessary for military force projection.

The event will be held Oct. 10-13, returning for a second year to the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. More than 1,300 professionals from government, the military and the private sector are anticipated to attend.

With a 71-year heritage – and a unique co-sponsorship between NDTA and USTRANSCOM – the Fall Meeting remains the authoritative forum for defense transportation, logistics, supply chain management and distribution.

“Operating in a contested environment has become a baseline assumption for future operations. We all need to be thinking about it – and ensuring that we are ready,” said Jim Veditz, NDTA’s acting president and CEO. “During this year’s meeting, we’ll look closely at the challenges facing the defense logistics enterprise in the current security environment.”


FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith headlines as the 2017 keynote speaker and Gen. Darren McDew, Commander, USTRANSCOM, will deliver a featured presentation during the Oct. 11 plenary session. Other notable speakers and panelists include the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Transportation (invited); Dr. Phyllis A. Schneck, Managing Director and Global Leader of Cyber Solutions, Promontory; Chiderah Okoye, Executive Director, Venly; and Amyra Vetro, Support Team Fellow, Venly.

The Fall Meeting also offers more than 70 educational courses across 13 topical tracks, dubbed Transportation Academy. Expert instructors, including several flag and general officers, will present on subjects ranging from acquisition and analytics to DOD transportation and legislation/policy.

“Our nation’s ability to project and sustain force around the world is what makes America a superpower. Our adversaries know this and are preparing to challenge that capability in every domain,” said McDew. “Bringing together logisticians from the commercial sector and the Department of Defense is key to addressing these challenges. Ultimately, logistics readiness is warfighting readiness.”

NDTA is a non-political, non-profit educational organization in logistics, transportation and passenger travel services. Since World War II, NDTA has served U.S. national defense and homeland security as a trusted environment where government, military, and private sector experts can build working relationships, develop the next generation of professionals and solve pressing challenges.

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